The Wild Hunt FAQ: In which many useful facts about this site are shared.
What is “The Wild Hunt”?
What is “modern Paganism”?
Do you cover other religious traditions?
What is your opinion of Christianity?
What is the political stance of this blog?
Will you review my book/CD?
Do you accept advertising/endorse products?
Who hosts this site?
Do you have any conflicts of interest?
Can I copy or re-publish a story on your blog?
In simple terms, this is a daily updated news blog that concerns itself with the events of interest to or happening within the modern Pagan, Polytheist and Heathen communities. Our mission is to raise the standard of journalistic discourse regarding our religions from within and without. Consider it an exercise in advocacy journalism, where a decidedly “pro-Paganism” view is exercised. As for the name itself, we feel the Wikipedia article on the subject sums things up rather well.
Modern or “neo” Paganism is (according to Wikipedia): “an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of new religious movements, particularly those influenced by ancient and pre-Abrahamic Pagan religions.” Like all umbrella terms it has its limitations and dissenters, but serves well enough when speaking broadly about our diverse religious communities. Some modern alternative religions include, but are not limited to, Wicca, Druidry, Asatru, the Goddess movement, Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenismos.
Yes. We will often deal with religions and philosophies that have ties to the modern Pagan movement like Aleister Crowley’s Thelema, the Afro-Diasporic faiths (Vodou, Santeria, etc), and various forms of occultism. In addition, we will sometimes cover stories involving indigenous religions, Hinduism, and other non-monotheistic religious communities.
We are not anti-Christian. There are strains of Christianity that have valuable and admirable qualities. We encourage respectful discourse with Christians whenever possible. That said, we have no qualms about criticizing Christians who attack or slander modern Pagan and Heathen religions, or try to meddle with our freedoms.
This blog doesn’t advocate for a specific political party or ideology. If this blog has any political stance it is a “pro-Pagan” one. Political issues important to modern Pagans, such as environmentalism and religious freedom, will be covered when appropriate. Pagan and non-Pagan readers come from across the political spectrum and are all welcome to engage in respectful conversation here.
As to controversies within the Pagan community, The Wild Hunt will remain neutral with regard to doctrinal splits,
We are always open to reviewing works that mesh with our interests.
Books. Generally speaking we are interested in books on religion and modern Paganism that go beyond the obvious overview. We are not a fan of spell-books or rehashed information on Wicca (unless you think you are the second coming of Starhawk, then by all means try to win us over). Sociology, autobiography, anthropology, theology, history, and analysis of pop-culture are areas we are particularly interested in. Otherwise, if you think we would just love your book you are welcome to give it a shot.
We will consider music and films as well that fit within a similar range of interests.
Disclaimer. We don’t send stuff back. We won’t review it, if we don’t like the material or if it doesn’t inspire us. We also won’t take down a review you don’t like. We will review as time and space allow. We will try to acknowledge receipt of a book, and will send out a note once the review has been posted. If all that is fine with you, send us an e-mail for shipping information.
We do not endorse products.
Who hosts this site?
We do. We’re independently operated and completely funded by our readers. Every dollar raised is put back into paying our writers, expanding our research and developing our site.
Our writers and editors do serve on varous Boards and work within other Pagan organizations. Any conflicts that might affect or influence a particular story are dealt with as they arise.
Our site’s content is under a Creative Commons licence that allows sharing of blog posts so long as it is for non-commercial purposes, is fully attributed, and links back to the original entry. This licence to share does not supercede our ownership or rights under the law, which means that if you “remix” our content in a manner that we do not agree with, we have the legal authority to ask you to take it down. All uses of our content outside the CC licence must be approved of by our editors beforehand. All linked content and photographs are copyright of the original authors/institutions as designated, and you’ll have to seek them out if you wish to republish an article’s content beyond the bounds of fair use.
Adopted Jan 2009. Revised Feb. 2015